What does the word beholden mean?

Usage examples for beholden

  1. She felt she really could not be beholden to this strange young man for everything, even a Stores number; and that she had better make the situation clear at once that she had come to take care of Fay and not to be an additional anxiety to him. – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  2. Caroline clasps you in her arms with a saintly embrace, thanks you for your advice, and loves you the more for it; she wishes to be beholden to you for everything, even for her intellect; she may be a dunce, but, what is better than saying fine things, she knows how to do them! – Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de Balzac
  3. And I never will be beholden to him as long as I live- never. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts